King James Version

Psalm 129

1Many a time have they afflicted me from my youth, may Israel now say:

Many a time have they afflicted me from my youth: yet they have not prevailed against me.

The plowers plowed upon my back: they made long their furrows.

The Lord is righteous: he hath cut asunder the cords of the wicked.

Let them all be confounded and turned back that hate Zion.

Let them be as the grass upon the housetops, which withereth afore it groweth up:

Wherewith the mower filleth not his hand; nor he that bindeth sheaves his bosom.

Neither do they which go by say, The blessing of the Lord be upon you: we bless you in the name of the Lord.

New International Reader's Version

Psalm 129

Psalm 129

A song for those who go up to Jerusalem to worship the Lord.

Here is what Israel should say.
    “My enemies have treated me badly ever since I was a young nation.
My enemies have treated me badly ever since I was a young nation.
    But they haven’t won the battle.
They have made deep wounds in my back.
    It looks like a field a farmer has plowed.
The Lord does what is right.
    Sinners had tied me up with ropes. But the Lord has set me free.”

May all those who hate Zion
    be driven back in shame.
May they be like grass that grows on the roof of a house.
    It dries up before it can grow.
There isn’t enough of it to fill a person’s hand.
    There isn’t enough to tie up and carry away.
May no one who passes by say to those who hate Zion,
    “May the blessing of the Lord be on you.
    We bless you in the name of the Lord.”